Dallas Mavericks: Ryan Broekhoff sitting out World Cup to be with family

Dallas Mavericks Ryan Broekhoff Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Ryan Broekhoff Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks sharpshooter, Ryan Broekhoff elected not to play with the Boomers of Australia in the World Cup, instead choosing to stay home with his wife and newborn son.

Basketball is a great thing and a game that has made some players very wealthy. Although playing to represent your country is not a financial boost, it is something that most players accept with pride and honor. For Dallas Mavericks guard, Ryan Broekhoff, there was something else to be proud of much more than the country he calls home.

I am personally not a father at this time, but I know that it is a special experience with nothing else quite like it. On June 17th, Ryan Broekhoff, aka The Accountant, became a father as he and his wife welcomed their son Jackson into the world. With the new responsibility on his plate and likely the desire to just be able to stay home with his family, Broekhoff withdrew from consideration to play with the Australian national team.

This decision surprised no one and Team Australia obviously was able to find enough players to put together a nice roster (highlighted by their win over Team USA yesterday), but Broekhoff would have been a really nice addition to the team and it would’ve been a lot of fun to see him drilling threes in international play.

The sharpshooter from Australia may miss out on this World Cup, but he is in the right place getting to help his newborn son and wife. We have already seen Ryan getting his son ready for a future in basketball, too.

Congratulations on the new bundle of joy for you and your wife, Ryan. We wish you and your family all the best here at The Smoking Cuban and hope to see you out there with the Boomers later on in life.

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For now, though, we look forward to seeing Broekhoff knocking down threes in the American Airlines Center in Dallas. T-minus 61 days until the Mavs and Wizards face-off to start their NBA seasons.